If you ever get to Irvine, Newport Beach or Laguna Beach, be sure to have breakfast at The Beachcomber Restaurant located on the ocean in Crystal Cove State Park. This restaurant and bar is one of those hidden gems that locals knew about for years and didn't want to share with anyone else! It's that unique and special!
Once you experience it, you'll understand why. It's a funky place that seats about 50-60 persons and sits on the beach some 50 yards from the Pacific Ocean. It's renown for its pancakes and mimosas. Surrounded by old cottages that have been featured in numerous Hollywood films, The Beachcomber is easily accessible by car or trolley bus. We prefer to park in the Crystal Cove State Park parking lot (watch for the signs just off the Pacific Coast Highway), then take the trolley bus down to the beach. Elderly people can be dropped off near the restaurant and then you can return to the parking lot to park your car. It costs $1 per person each way. The bus drivers are real characters, too! If you're looking for a little exercise, you can walk the 3/4 mile trail from the parking lot to the beach and restaurant. It's well marked and safe.
Be sure to save your restaurant receipt since proof of a meal will earn you free parking in the State Park parking lot as you exit the lot.
Reservations are a good idea since it's a popular spot. But, if you go on a whim, submit your name to the hostess and pass the time walking the beach or checking out the artsy cottages next door to The Beachcomber.